If you’re trying to lose weight there are a few essential and recommended supplements to help the process and improve your overall health. While people may know these supplements are good for you, not many people truly know how they work or what they do to assist with weight loss. We’re here to demystify the power of three key supplements for fat loss: Probiotics, Omega 3 and Vitamin B-12!
Question: What is a probiotic?
Answer: A probiotic is a live microorganism obtained from foods such as yogurt, kimchi and tempeh. The word “Probiotic” comes from the roots “pro,” meaning promoting, and “biotic,” which means life.
Question: What are the benefits of taking probiotics?
Answer: Probiotics work by converting fibers into short chain fats such as butyrate, acetate and propionate that feed the gut wall and activate metabolism. They also stimulate the immune system and prevent unwanted substances from leaking into the rest of the body. An “unbalanced” gut is linked to several diseases such as obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease and Alzheimer’s. Probiotics also aid digestion by combatting conditions such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), inflammatory bowel diseases such as Crohn’s disease, and antibiotic-associated diarrhea.
Question: Do Probiotics help weight loss?
Answer: Yes! Certain probiotics may inhibit the absorption of dietary fat, which increases the amount of fat that gets excreted from the body and results in weight loss.
OMEGA-3 FISH OILS:
Question: What is an Omega-3 fish oil?
Answer: This oil is found in the fatty layers of cold-water fish such as salmon, trout and tuna. Omega-3 oils are also found in English walnuts and flaxseeds.
Question: What are the benefits of Omega-3 fish oils?
Answer: This supplement contains both docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), which are essential in the prevention and management of heart diseases. Omega-3s also promote healthy skin, hair, nails and bones while preventing liver disease, depression, anxiety and ADHD. Combined with exercise, fish oil supplements can promote weight loss while improving heart and metabolic health.
Question: What is vitamin B12?
Answer: Vitamin B12 is essential for proper function and development of the brain, nerves and blood cells.
Question: Why is vitamin B12 recommended?
Answer: Many people suffer from a vitamin B12 deficiency caused by a lack of animal food, excessive alcohol consumption, anemia or a lack of stomach acid in the elderly. B12 helps maintain energy levels, prevents memory loss, promotes the growth of healthy bacteria to aid in digestion, helps to produce red blood cells to prevent anemia, and prevents certain cancers by promoting the immune system.
Information via Megha Dua, RD.LD, Minnetonka Medifast Registered Dietitian.
At Medifast, we believe that success is more than just losing the weight, but learning to maintain a healthy lifestyle. During your initial Medifast consultation you learn all the ins and outs of the program from the weekly visits to the plethora of food options! Your consultant can also answer any questions about the supplements outlined above and how they can assist in your weight loss.
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